Daily digest: Artist Chuck Close dies, mapping New York’s heat island inequalities, and more

Greetings and welcome back to another Friday, the second-to-last before September and a chance to catch up on the news and long reads you might have missed before the weekend.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Artist Chuck Close is dead at 81

Large-scale photorealistic portrait painter Chuck Close, who later transitioned into a more “pixelated” style that broke down subjects into swirls of color at close range, has died at 81. The cause was reportedly cardiopulmonary failure.

Close, born on July 5, 1940, found widespread acclaim in his massive airbrush recreations of large-scale photographs in the 1970s, creating tableaus that from afar appeared as photos but became landscapes of brush

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